Food or Comics? | <i>Point One</i>, <i>Silver Star</i>, Tezuka and more

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList, and tell us what you’re getting in our comments field.

Chris Arrant

If I had $15, I’d first get the third issue of my favorite New 52 title, Batwoman #3 (DC, $2.99). Seriously, J.H. Williams III is hitting a home run on every outing here when it comes to my tastes. Although the writing isn’t up to the level of Greg Rucka’s time on the book, it’s close and only bound to get better. Next up I’d get Point One #1 (Marvel, $5.99). I think this format--an extra-size preview book for what’s coming next--is an interesting experiment, and I’m intrigued most by the Nova story, but also interested to see what the others do. Third would be Uncanny X-Force #17 (Marvel, $3.99), to get the one-two punch of Rick Remender and Jerome Opena. Iceman as a bad guy? I dig this.

If I had $30, I’d get Wolverine #18 (Marvel, $3.99) because I love Jason Aaron and Ron Garney teaming up, and seeing them bring in Fat Cobra from Immortal Iron Fist is oddly perfect for the book. Next up would be my comics weak-spot, Top Cow’s Pilot Season book--Pilot Season: Anonymous #1 (Image/Top Cow, $3.99). After that I’d pick up Fear Itself #7.2 (Marvel, $3.99) despite the fact I wish Coipel was drawing this. Lastly would be Kirby Genesis: Silver Star #1 (Dynamite, $3.99) because I love this lesser-known Kirby creation and the artist on this, succinctly named Johnny D., looks worth watching.

If I had the time (and money) to splurge, I’d get the Simon & Kirby Library: Crime hardcover (Titan, $49.95). Lately I’ve had a keen interest on Jack Kirby’s lesser-known work during the 1950s and this seems to fill in a lot of the gaps for me. I’m excited to hold this in my hands and see what surprises it has in store for me.

Graeme McMillan

If I had $15 this week, I'd throw a bunch of it Marvel's way, with the first issue of Battle Scars ($2.99) and the massive Point One ($5.99) filling up the majority of my budget quite nicely. Well done, House of Ideas. I'd also grab Dynamite's Kirby Genesis: Silver Star #1 ($3.99), the first (of many, apparently) spin-offs from the enjoyable Busiek/Ross/Herbert series.

If I had $30, then I'd redress the balance a little by grabbing the third issues of some DC books: Demon Knights, Legion Lost, Green Lantern and Batwoman (All $2.99) would make my cut this week, with IDW's Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #2 ($3.99) rounding out the haul.

For splurging, there's really only one choice from my nostalgia's point of view: Marvel's Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus Vol. 1 oversized hardcover ($125) is kind of a must-have, what with it being my third-favorite FF run ever (Behind Lee/Kirby and Simonson). If only they'd offered it for $44.44 ...

Chris Mautner

If I had $15: No question, the first volume of Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight would be the first and only must-buy item on my list. This is one of those "Man, they're never going to translate this series, are they?" books and I'm kind of awestruck that Vertical is taking a chance on it, even given the fact that they've become the Tezuka publisher of choice these days. It's not that it's such a controversial book as that it's early Tezuka, which is sunnier, sweeter and less bizarre than the late period stuff they've been printing lately. At any rate, I'm excited to get this.

If I had $30: I'd find an extra $5 and pick up a copy of De Profundis by James Jarvis, an intriguing enigmatic comic about a pointy-nosed artist that wanders through an abandoned city before encountering a mysterious priest who gives him a commission job. I flipped through this at SPX, and while I didn't have the extra cash to pick it up then, it did look like a worthwhile purchase.

Splurge: Again, an easy choice for me -- the second volume of Jacques Tardi's Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec from Fantagraphics. I'm on a big Tardi kick right now, having just recently read the first Adele collection, and am eager to experience more.

Michael May

If I had $15, I'd spend most of it on my usual series: Demon Knights #3 ($2.99), Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #3 ($2.99), and X-Men Legacy #258 ($2.99). I was lukewarm about the first issue of Huntress, but I liked it enough to check out the second one ($2.99). And though I'm not familiar with PC and Kristin Cast's Harry Potter/Twilight mash-up House of Night, I like the art previews I've seen from Dark Horse's adaptation ($1) and certainly wouldn't mind paying a buck to learn more.

If I had $30, I'd add Reed Gunther, Volume 1 ($14.99) to read about my favorite bear-riding cowboy.

There are a few splurge items that caught my interest this week, but near the top of the list are The Zombies That Ate the World, Volume 1: Bring Me Back My Head! ($24.95) for the Guy Davis art and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, Volume 2 ($24.99). If I had to pick one thing though, I'd get the Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus, Volume 1 ($125.00) because I've been wanting to read those stories for decades.

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